The One-Month Weekend Travel Challenge: June Edition

Take it Southeast!

If your plans for the month involve a trip overseas, Southeast Asian countries are definitely the ideal places to have your weekend escape. They’re cheaper and nearer, and will totally give you a new perspective once you go back home.

But if you think a weekend is just too short for the attractions and activities, below are quick weekend guides to make the most out of your short trip:

Weekend 1: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, a city of gleaming temples and delectable cuisine, offers surprising experiences that will excite every weekend warrior. Roam around the cultural Rattanakosin Island where Buddhist temples and royal palaces of the old Bangkok thrive. For budget travelers, the Banglamphu District is a haven for cheap finds where you can score amazing deals. If you want to stay away from the bustle, however, head to Bang Krachao and bike through its refreshing patch of green.

Click here to know how to maximize your weekend in one of the world’s most famous cities.

Weekend 2: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is a fast moving city that can overwhelm you, but it will definitely make you want to come back. Take a peek into what it can offer by strolling around the Old Quarter, a maze of streets full of coffee shops, souvenir stores and food joints. It will give you a glimpse of Vietnam’s past and present, thus a good starting point for first-timers. Don’t forget to pass by some of their top attractions like Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and The Perfume Pagoda. A day after exploring the busy Hanoi, take a breather at the Ba Vi National Park where you will be well-rewarded with refreshing views of the mountains and natural hot springs.

Hanoi is also one of Asia’s coldest places, so it’s a great city to start your post-summer trip. Here’s a guide for a mini tour around this beautiful city.

Weekend 3: Singapore

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When going overseas for travel, Singapore is definitely a top-of-the-mind choice because of its proximity. After admiring the juxtaposition of great old and new architecture, and exciting theme parks, try visiting off-the-beaten places like Tiong Bahru, the cool hipster haven, Mount Faber, where you can ride a cable car and have a breathtaking view of the Sentosa Island, and Pulau Ubin, a simple and refreshing island off eastern Singapore. A gastronomic adventure is also ideal in this city-country, since their food choices are a fusion of different Asian and Western influences.

Here are the best food options, hacks, bars and pubs, and tips for budget travelers.

Weekend 4: Bali, Indonesia

Everyone deserves a relaxing trip to the paradise that is Bali. Make the most of your weekend in this piece of heaven by trying the best of both worlds: from extreme water adventures to the pleasurable spas. Dine in at places with exquisite views such as the Madu Sari Mountain Restaurant, which is located atop Mount Balur, an active volcano. Yup, we’re not kidding! For theme park fans, Waterbom, one of Asia’s best waterpark is a must-visit.

Looking for budget-friendly places to stay? Here are hip and comfy accommodations below Php 600. For first-timers, click here for a sample itinerary for a Bali weekend you won’t forget.

Which SEA country do you plan to visit next? Tell us in the comments section below!